Bodie or Bust

March 1, 2010

Poets of Bodie: Matt Mauch

My persona is the Bodie weeds and perhaps other non-weed flora (“weed” being a subjective and opportunistic distinction in the end). When you think about it, many folks interact either with weeds or with others among the weeds. Weeds, as well—if you didn’t know—are essentially immortal (see: Mt. St. Helens), and, because they do not have the same sense of time as homo sapiens, are, in the limited perspective of homo sapiens, clairvoyant.

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MATT MAUCH grew up in small Midwestern towns between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, in the snow and wind-chill belt. He is the author of Prayer Book (forthcoming from Lowbrow Press) and The Book of Modern Prayer (a limited-edition chapbook forthcoming from Palimpsest Press). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, The Journal, Willow Springs, The Squaw Valley Review, The Los Angeles Review, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. The editor of Poetry City, USA, Volume 1 (forthcoming from Lowbrow Press), Mauch teaches writing and literature in the AFA program at Normandale Community College, and also coordinates the reading series there. He holds an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and lives in Minneapolis.

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